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entered the arena. chuck hagel, the purple heart recipient from the vietnam war, the former senator, nominated to be secretary of defense. his former colleagues met him with a fuselage of critical questions today, and abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl tells us about the fiery day. >> reporter: he's a vietnam veteran and former republican senator, but today chick hagel found himself and his judgment under attack by a fellow republican and vietnam vet. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since -- >> since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> well, let the record show that you refused to answer that question. >> reporter: hagel eventually did answer, standing by his words on the iraq war, and revealing something about the kind of defense secretary he hopes to be. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so -- i did question a surge. this going to be worth the sa
. >> should be in place by then. secretary kerry started this week. secretary of state kerry. senator hagel still waiting for his confirmation up in the senate and i was struck last night talking about dick cheney earlier. dick cheney giving a speech in wyoming who really took off on the president. he said "the performance now of barack obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal. frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people, hagel was chosen because obama wants to have a republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the department of defense." there is an unbowed dick cheney. >> well, listen, senator hagel didn't do his new boss, president obama, any favors by looking befuddled and confused and clueless as to what the department of defense does, an agency he's up to now run, so i don't think senator hagel did himself any favors for the president. when you look at how republicans have sort of stood back and i think given the president a lot of running room in foreign policy it was because of the belief that secretary clint
, two other things. >> yeah. >> chuck hagel, the nomination delayed, also cia director looks like he'll be delayed. is this a threat to security? >> it's of grave concern. if you look at chuck hagel, decorated war hero, republican senator, somebody who over the course of the last many years either as a republican senator or as the chairman of the president's intelligence advisory board i've worked with very closely, this guy has one thing in mind, how do we protect the country? >> is there a danger of this being delayed? >> between john brennan, cia director and chuck hagel as secretary of defense, we want to make sure that we have our -- those guys sitting in the chairs working because i don't want there to have been something missed because of this hangup here in washington. >> okay, and very quickly, john boehner had a very -- seemed like a harsh comment directed toward the president saying that "i don't think he has the guts to cut or to deal with the entitlement problem. he doesn't have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party." what do you say to speak her of th
. it's time now for our closing argument. today, former republican senator chuck hagel faced a barrage of combative questions at his confirmation hearing as defense secretary. the toughest questions came from senator john mccain. >> will you please answer the question? were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well, do you think senator hagel is qualified to take the top post at the pentagon? why or why not? tell us what you think on the "nightline" facebook page, or you can tweet us. thanks for watching abc news. "good morning america" will be here waiting for you in the morning with the latest on the buildup to super bowl sunday. we're always online at abcnews.com. good night, america.
work will be picked up in ten minutes or so. kristen? >> former nebraska senator hagel has secured the necessary votes to become the next defense secretary. hagel won the last needed vote yesterday when alabama senator shelby gave his support. a vote is expected next week. 15 g.o.p. senators urged president obama yesterday to withdraw his nomination saying hagel lacked bipartisan support and the confidence to do the job. >> president obama is welcoming japan's new prime minister to the white house today arriving in washington, dc, yesterday, and is the 5 the prime minister of japan since president obama took office. they will meet today at a time of high tension stoked by a territorial dispute between japan and china. he is a keen advocate of stronger relations withed withed with, that remain key to policy in asia. >> not korea will allow phoners to visit to tweet, skype, and serve the internet on their cell phones or other mobile devices. the big decision follows last month's visit by google executive chairman. a mobile link provider will launch a network by march 1 available only
. >>> senate armed services committee could vote on the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. hagel faced off against some former republican senate colleagues yesterday in a bruising confirmation hearing. the sharpest exchange against senator john mccain who criticized hagel's opposition to the troop surge in iraq. and hagel apologized for using the term the jewish lobby in the past. >> i have already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby. i should have said pro israel. i think it is the only time on the record that i have ever said that. >> eight republicans plan to vote against him. he has backing among many democrats. >>> blinding snow blamed for a deadly pileup on a michigan highway. the mile long stretch of crashes involving 30 trucks and cars. three people were killed including two children believed to be siblings. and at least a dozen others were hospitalized. witnesses say they were driving on i-75 when conditions went from clear to whiteout in just a matter of seconds. >>> a similar scene along a snowy highway west of minneapolis. three dozen big rigs,
that they thought they had, and that's why we were able to get the debt ceiling extended. >> chuck hagel had a pretty rough ride at his confirmation hearings. >> were you correct or incorrect. >> my reference to the -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? >> he seemed to lose some of the republican support he may have had. are you still confident after that performance that the democrats will stand behind him and he'll get confirmed? >> sure. this is a short interview, but if you interviewed me for eight hours like they interviewed him in the senate this week, you and i would both glove up a little bit. so chuck hagel is a fine man. he was a good senator. i served with him. he's a republican. that should be a plus. we need more, and i think he will be an outstanding, terrific secretary of defense. >> some of your fellow democrats seem concerned though by what they saw as a shaky performance. >> this was eight hours. give the guy a break. i thought he did pretty good. >> your incoming chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, senator robert menendez, is now review
cain will not support a filibuster to block the nomination of chuck hagel as secretary of defense but is a sharp critic. during confirmation hearings last week, john mccain disputed his opposition to a troop surge during the iraq war. john mccain says he does not believe a filibuster is appropriate. some inares say a filibuster may be the only way to stop hagel from becoming defense chief. >> a warning this morning to men. a study finds too much time in front of the tv could be reducing your fertility. scientists asked 189 volunteers questions about how much they exercise and how often they watch tv. men who watch more than 20 hours of tv a week are half as fertile. part of the reason could be because heavy tv viewers are less physically active. volunteer whose said they worked out 15 hours or more a week had a much higher sperm count. the study's authors say more research is needed. >> facebook knows quite a bit about the users. new details about your life it could gather on your mobile division, -- mobile device, whether you like [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents are awesome. but when i cook u
but fewer customers by the books and other products. >> republicans opposed to hagel to become secretary of state will likely allow his senate confirmation vote to proceed. critics say he is unqualified to lead the military and are concerned the former g.o.p. senator from nebraska and decorated vietnam vet is not supportive of israel and is unreasonably sympathetic to iran. senator john mccain says he does not believe hagel is qualified but his nomination should not be held up any further. president obama has been angered by republicans delaying him from completing his national security team. >> a man goes for a hike in the northern california foothills and ends up with unwanted company. the frightening encounter that had him calling 9-1-1. >> parents, do your kids spend hours watching tv? it is not the time if >> pressure is mounting on president obama to make protecting the environment a top priority. hundreds rallied to gather against the keystone pipeline calling for moving oil from canada to the gulf of mexico through several states. >> a larger demonstration took place in washingto
this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he thought his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed. but abc's chief white house correspondent tells us it didn't happen. what did? >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today was he didn't turn over enough information on his financial disclosure forms. the white house is calling the delay uncon shonable and the president has said, it's unfortunate this kind of politics in truth, when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need say secretary of defense. it's a delay and setback for the president, but it's not a defeat. even hagel's strongest critic in the senate, john mccain, says that he believes hagel 8 be confirmed, just not quite as soon as the president hoped. >> still the nation waiting for a big appointment. thanks so much. >>> still ahead on "world news," all of us on this planet are about to see a close encounter. wha
clinton is out. john kerry is in as secretary of state. chuck hagel, a republican who would garner bipartisan support you would think is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oat asset of state replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a question lingering: will she run for president? >> i am going to get back to my life. this is going to be new for me. why go how i will react. >> senator john kerry takes over the state department after cruising to confirmation from the senate, president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring
expressway at tully. former nebraska senator hagel has secured the necessary votes to become the next defense secretary. hagel won the last needed vote yesterday with alabama senator shelby. a vote on highly contested battle is expected next week, 15 g.o.p. senators have urged president obama in a letter to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacked bipartisan support and the confidence to do the job. >> president obama is welcoming japan's new prime minister to the white house today, arriving in washington, yesterday, and he is the 5th prime minister of japan since president obama took office. they will meet in the oval office. there is a japan and china territorial dispute and north korean nuclear test. he is a keen advocate of stronger relations with washington, dc, that remain key to u.s. policy in asia. >> ahead, flu vaccines, who gets the best and the least protection from the flu shot. >> after 6:00, the commuter warning bart is send dog any passengers planning a late night trip in or out of san francisco. >> the friday before the oscars and what would they be without the rivers? and
is out. and chuck hagel, a republican, who you would think would be hailed as a bipartisan pick, is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oath of office today as secretary of state, replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a big question still lingering, will she run for president? >> i don't know how else to say it but i'm going get back into my life again. this is going to be new for me. i don't know how i'm going to react to it, to be honest. >> reporter: senator kerry takes over after cruising through confirmation in the senate. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a -- a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> let the record show you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was
, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> and more political news this morning. chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. on a party line vote of 14-11, the armed services committee has voted to send hagel's nomination, now, to the full senate. republicans had threatened to block the nomination. but it now appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle has been laid to rest in texas. family members and fellow s.e.a.l.s looked on as his motorcade traveled through austin for burial. kyle was shot to death by an iraqi war vet earlier this month at a gun range. eddie routh has been charged with murdering kyle and his friend, chad littlefield. >>> pope benedict told ash wednesday worshipers he is resigning for the good of the roman catholic church. his service at the vatican this morning is among his last official duties as pope. and is the first time he's been in public since making his bombshell resignation announcement. some worshipers cheered when they saw benedict. his term officially ends february 28th. >>> and b
of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information on the benghazi attack. but hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> and there's a delay in the vote to confirm john brennan as head of cia. the top democratic lawmaker is demanding more details about deadly drone strikes against terror targets. last week, brennan defended the strikes in his confirmation testimony. but also said he welcomed more discussion on the controversial program. >>> meanwhile, the military has approved a new medal for members involved in drone strikes and cyber warfare. the new distinguished warfare medal outranks the bronze star, which is the fourth-highest medal for valor. and is usually awarded for heroic action on the battlefield. defense secretary panetta says it recognizes the current realities of war. >>> another drug tunnel between the u.s. and mexico has been shut down. this one was discovered in southern arizona. police say the crude, hand-dug tunnel is about 68 feet long and approximately 2 feet wide. more than 1,200
battle in washington over chuck hagel, the president's choice for defense second. republicans in the senate temporarily blocked his nomination. how rare is that, and what does that say about the likelihood that he'll get the job? >> well, it's extremely rare. and i've got to say this is one of the most bizarre episodes i have covered in congress because you had republicans blocking his nomination, blocking the vote on his nomination, but saying that when they come back from their recess next week, that they will no longer block it. so it looks like he will get through without any problem but whenever there's a delay, there are questions raised. it's not a sure thing. it's pretty close to a sure thing which raises a question of what the republicans are trying to accomplish with simply a week or two, and that is where it stands right now. >> indication of how partisan things are in washington right now. jon, thanks so much. great to see you. a couple of very big names on jon's show, republican congressman and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan and newly appointed white
? >> on capitol hill senate democrats plan to vote today on chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense despite opposition from some republicans. senate republicans are threatening to stall his nomination to be president obama's new pentagon chief unless the white house gives more information on the deadly attack in september on the consulate in benghazi, libya. hague sell a former republican senator from nebraska and twice wounded vietnam combat veteran. democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the senate but they need the support of five republicans to clear the way for up-or-down vote. >> medical personnel will be needing the 4,000 people above the crippled carnival cruise ship when it docks in alabama this morning. it is towed slowly from the gulf of mexico by two tugboats after a crippling engine fire on sunday. food is scarce, there is no air conditioning, and bathrooms are backing up. in new orleans there are 15,000 hotel rooms and passengers get a full refund and discounts on future cruises. >> baking barriers with baseball. >> and a big event in the san francisco zoo in time for valentin
, an intellect on the level of one of the greats like hagel or plato. >> that was abc's nick schifrin in rome. after benedict says good-bye to the church's cardinals, he flies by helicopter to the papal retreat. he will offer a blessing from the balcony and then shut the door. in his own words, benedict will be hidden for the rest of his life. >>> and it is a very busy morning in rome. and our friends at "gma" are planning complete coverage of this historic day. keep it right here on abc news. >>> our other major story, is massive budget cuts set to begin in less than 24 hour ps. after weeks of warnings, president obama softened his tone about the cuts. instead of a fiscal cliff, the president said it was more like a tumble downward. and he invited congressional leaders to the white house for talks. here's karen travers. >> reporter: the topic was probably unavoidable. today, president obama had a brief meeting, no more than ten minutes, with congressional leaders, about how to avoid the massive spending cuts. they'll sit down on friday at the white house. progress? not so much. the meeting i
. >> this morning, chuck hagel faces the first hurdle to become the next defense secretary and the senate armed services committee will vote on the nomination. the former nebraska senator faces fierce opposition from republican whose have challenged the past statements and votes on israel, iran, and iraq and nuclear weapons. the committee will be split along party lines. hagel's nomination will be sent on to the full senate. >> women's salaries have long trailed men but new numbers show women are closing the gap in some professions with six years with the same number of men and women working, and little difference if their salaries. that includes postal service clerk, biological scientist, advertising sales agent, pharmacist, food preparation worker, and director of religious activists and education. female full time worker make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. >> milk, coffee, orange juice, now mountain dew? a new breakfast beverage the pepsi says they will roll out a new fruit flavored beverage geared for the breakfast market. it will be called "kick start" a mix of juice and m
president obama's time in office. >>> after a bitter political fight, chuck hagel now has enough votes to become the nation's next defense secretary. support from long-time republican senator richard shelby put hagel over the top. shelby says "he's probably as good as we're going to get." a confirmation vote is expected next week. >>> let's just say up front here that the teen involved in this next story is said to be okay after a videotaped accident from about three weeks ago. check out the teenager hanging from a ski lift in new mexico. it's believed he had thrown a snowball and slipped out of the chair. he fell, boom, right there, 45 feet. he suffered a concussion, a skull fracture and several internal injuries as well. but now we believe he's home and will be fine. don't mess around on the ski lift, folks. >> not the place to do that. >>> boeing is proposing a temporary fix today to the problematic batteries on its 787 dreamliners. those batteries are blamed for at least two incidents which the batteries either caught fire or smoldered, causing smoke on board. the 787s have been gr
just wants in their proper class. >> meantime, the president's pick, chuck hagel, faced a rough time last week. did he hurt his performance? >> they're not even arguing he did a good job before the senate on thursday and made several mistakes but he's likely to still get confirmed. in fact, overnight another republican senator mike johan said he would support chuck hagel. that gives him two republican senators. most of the democrats are still behind him so he will get confirmed but that was an uninspiring performance at bet. >> i know you will talk some football and force your roundtable to pick a favorite super bowl ad. >> force? they were having fun doing it. >> let me force you, what's your favorite ad? >> so far, i mean i like a lot of them. the vw ad i think is hilarious, come on, be happy is fantastic. that go daddy ad is really something to see it kind of squirm inducing, i would say but then on top of that, and they always do it, the new clydesdale ad is a real heart tugger. a lot of them and we're going to get all the round table to weigh in this morning. >> thank you, georg
hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of playing politics. but they deny it. >>> and also, senator frank lautenberg makes it official. he will not run for his current term. he is the oldest member of the senate. he will not seek a sixth term. that eliminates a primary battle between newark, new jersey, mayor, cory booker. he's announced his intent to run for the senate in december. >>> and rahm emanuel is reportedly considering a white house run in 2016. "the daily beast" says imew ema would run if hillary clinton does not. emanuel used to be president obama's chief of staff, in addition to working in the clinton white house, as well. we just had the inauguration. already, the chatter about 2016. >> throwing it in. >> it's always the next election. >> what's coming up next? >>> and what's coming up next for you guys is weather across our nation. light snow for western pennsylvania, new york and new england. up to five inches in north
tonight, and president obama finally has his nominee for secretary of defense confirmed. chuck hagel, a republican, who had been a senator for a dozen years. republicans had delayed his vote and objected over his views on iran among other things, but tonight, the senate confirming him by a vote of 58-41, with four republicans voting for him. >>> tonight, meanwhile, congress has just two days left now to make a deal or automatic spending cuts will kick in on friday. and this evening, the president arguing it would not only hurt jobs, but among other things, the country's defense. abc's chief white house correspondent jon karl breaking it down tonight. >> reporter: the president took his battle over looming spending cuts to the giant military shipbuilding facility in newport news, virginia. warning of lost jobs and worse. >> this work, along with hundreds of thousands of jobs, are currently in jeopardy, because of politics in washington. >> reporter: not just jobs, national security at risk, too. across the bay in norfolk is the "uss harry truman." it is supposed to be on its way to th
. >>> as republicans have now blocked a vote on former senator chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. the first time such a vote has been blocked for a cabinet nominee. republicans are demanding the white house reveal more details about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the fight resumes when senators return from their presidents' day recesses. >>> and if confirmed, hagel will oversee the drawdown in afghanistan. it has now been nearly a month since a u.s. service member was killed there. the longest such stretch in five years. afghans are doing much of the fighting. and for the first time, afghan women are being trained for their special forces. >>> the fda has approved what's being called the first bionic eye, allowing thousands of blind people to at least partially see again. the device is actually a pair of glasses with a camera that triggers electrodes implanted in the eye. it treats blindness that results from a damaged retina. >>> and the former mayor of san diego has admitted to gambling away a staggering $1 billion, including millions that she took from her late husband's c
. >> chuck hagel faces the first major hurdle in the bid to become the nation's defense secretary. the senate armed services committee is set to vote on the nomination. the former nebraska senator faces fierce opposition from fellow republicans who challenged his past statements and votes on israel, iran, iraq, and nuclear weapons. the committee will split along party lines. the nomination is likely to be sent to the full senate. >> and tech stock is down as a car company defends itself against a negative review for a new model s sedan. shares for a company from palo alto closed down 2 percent after the review in the "new york times" over the weekend. the review detailed how the model s sales failed to meet the 300 mile range in cold temperatures. the c.e.o. is dismissing the article accusing the author of writing a "hit piece," saying ""new york times" article is about tests in cold is fake. vehicle logs tell a true story he did not charge to max and took a long detour. "new york times" says they stand stand by the story. >> work is on the final face of highway 4 including the e bart line wi
is scheduled to vote in two hours on whether to confirm chuck hagel as secretary of the defense. the foam republican senator is on track to win confirmation after a long political fight. g.o.p. lawmakers signaled monday that they would not hold up a vote. a final check on the accweather forecast, mike, it is nice. >> very pleasant if you like spring weather. this is the way downtown san francisco looks this morning. you can see the sun coming up and creating shadows but as we head to the afternoon hours, this is the way it will look. total sunshine. temperatures are running in the low-to-mid 60's in the bay and sunshine at the coast and breezy, you may need a jacket with brisk temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50's. >> here is the bay bridge, the metering lights are on and track is backing to the macarthur maze and back to the nasty nimitz we had a couple of early accidents, northbound at oak, that is cleared and traffic is recovering and it is very, very slow from about high street moving to the northbound direction and, southbound, the motorcycle accident clear, as well, and traffic is j
month. the senate is scheduled to vote today on whether to confirm chuck hagel as head of the defense department. the former republican senator is on track to win confirmation after a long political fight. g.o.p. lawmakerers signaled they would not hold up a vote if he is confirmed he would succeed panetta and take office just before budget cuts hit the pentagon. a new snowstorm is crossing the midsection creating havoc for resolution dens still digging out from last week's blizzard bringing heavy snow to kansas and missouri this morning. you can see in the live pictures how much snow is on the ground. they will have a tough job ahead of them. also, we have hurricane-force winds and these are conditions in kansas, and this is wichita. not many cars. a traffic nightmare on the roads, and so many drivers are strapped the national guard was called in. in albuquerque interstate 40 was shut down and truck drivers had to wait it out. >> it costs money to sit still or to run it much like this, empty. hopefully it is cleared. >> the winds were so strong in north texas it peeled bricks from th
hagel as defense secretary. republican opponents say the vote should go forward unless more damaging material surfaces this week. the earliest that the nomination could go before the senate is a week from today. >>> and there's also plenty of political posturing over the issue of immigration reform. republicans and democrats are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own effort to overhaul the system. under that white house plan, green card in eight years. top republican lawmakers don't like that. >> by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line for immigrants who came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, that tells us that he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> i hope that republicans and democrats up there don't get involved in some kind of typical washington back and forth sideshow here. and rather just roll up their sleeves and get to work. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers cannot get the job done. the white house has been working for quite a while on an immigration pla
? >>> a showdown in the senate today over chuck hagel's nomination as the defense secretary. democrats are going to force a vote on the nomination, rejecting demands for more information on hagel's finances. hagel got an important vote of confidence when john mccain said he was leaning towards confirmation. >>> that carnival cruise ship that's stranded in the gulf of mexico is being pulled to mobile, alabama instead of mexico. it's been dead in the water since sunday when a fire knocked out its engines. it's scheduled to arrive in the u.s. on thursday. there are more than 4,200 people on that ship. passengers and loved ones say it's not a good scene on board. >> there's no lights. no water. we can't flush. some people were able to shower. no one was injured. most of us are camping out on the top deck. >> they're all crying and hysterical. they want to go home. >> abc news learned this is the third trip in which the "triumph" has suffered propulsion problems. the ship's next two voyages have been canceled and passengers will receive a full refund. >> interesting note here. apparently it's been to
a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially, his staff did say that he was tweeting with the daughter of a long-time friend. >>> illinois is a step closer
are going to get messy. so miles to go on that issue. >>> a vote for chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense has been postponed. republicans are demanding to know more about the former senator's finances. hagel still has the backing of all the democrats in the senate. the vote was set for today and is postponed until at least next week. >>> now to an eye-opening medical headline this morning and a health care burden for the u.s. neurologists predict the number of alzheimer's patients is expected to triple by the year 2050. that's when as many as 14 million patients may need care for the memory-robbing disease. the startling projection follows a study of patient records, as well as census numbers. >>> and doctors are warning parents about a threatening strain of whooping cough. "the new england journal of medicine" reports it's caused by a vaccine resistant germ. the illnesses were first reported overseas. it's now hitting the u.s. and it's the worst outbreak of its kind in 60 years. >>> and now to what will be the story of the weekend. a powerful blizzard is zeroing in on the nort
. democratic leaders are expected to force a vote on the nomination of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information about the benghazi attack. however, hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> also president obama answers questions in a google-powered fireside hangout this afternoon, two days after he delivered the big state of the union address. it will be streamed live starting at 4:50 eastern time. >>> an ailing pope benedict celebrated his last public mass presiding over ash wednesday services at st. peters basilica. the pope was visibly moved by the thunderous applause and in his final homily, the pope warned about internal church rivalries and thanked the faithful for their support. >>> millions of christians marked the beginning of lent by getting ashes on the foreheads in observance of ash wednesday. >> and an episcopal church in western new york made it extra convenient for those with a busy schedule. drive-through ashes. yeah, you heard me right. it's actually part of a trend that started in st. lou
. >>> chuck hagel may be confirmed today as secretary of defense, but his predecessor, leon panetta, will not be on capitol hill for the vote. anxious to retire, panetta will watch hagel's proceedings on tv from the comfort of his own home in california. >>> the senate finance committee is expected to approve the nomination of jack lew as secretary of the treasury. a confirmation vote from the full senate expected tomorrow. he replaces timothy geithner. >>> the nation's most famous surgeon general has passed away. c. everett koop was appointed by president reagan in 1981 and instrumental in changing america's views on smoking, trying to get the country to kick the habit by the year 2000. he also endorsed condoms and sex education in an effort to stop the spread of aids. he died at his home in new hampshire. dr. koop was 96 years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the c
for chuck hagel on capitol hill, as key senators delay the confirmation vote on his nomination of defense secretary. there's been some very heated hears on whether or not to approve him. >>> and jenny mccarthy now defending her cousin, comic melissa mccarthy, and the critic who savaged melissa on his review of "identity thief," speaks out. >> coming down on the worst kind of commentary. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to that breaking news out of south africa. the double-amputee sprinter, oscar pistorius, who captured so many hearts at the london olympics has been charged with murdering his model girlfriend. she was shot four times with his gun in his home. and abc's lama hasan has the latest. good morning, lama. >> good morning to you, george. sporting legend oscar pistorius is making headlines for a very different reason this morning. he's been officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend. police confirms no reports of false entry and no other suspects involved. oscar pistorius was the first-ever double-amputee at the olympics. but this morning, the man known around the world
our nation's capital tonight. >>> chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. the armed services committee voted to send the nomination to the senate. republicans had threatened to block his nomination, but it appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> we're learning more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weathe
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